Mitchell van der Gaag has been moved to the technical staff of Ajax 1, the club reports Ajax.nl. There he replaces assistant coach Christian Poulsen, making John Heitinga the trainer of Young Ajax from next season.
As a result, Erik ten Hag will have a new assistant coach next to him from the 2021/2022 season. The advanced Van der Gaag had a difficult year as coach of Young Ajax last season. After 38 games in the Kitchen Champion Division, he was in sixteenth place.
Poulsen leaves the technical staff, but may remain associated with the club. He wants to focus on other things, but talks to Ajax about a new job within the club.
At the same time it also means a promotion for Heitinga. Since 2017, the former player of the club was the trainer of Ajax U19 – which later became Ajax O18 – and now he is moving on to the promises. Gerald Vanenburg is also going to work at Young Ajax. He will become the team’s technique trainer.